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Why Rat Comes First: A Story of the Chinese Zodiac

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The story of why rat comes first in the Chinese zodiac. In English.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1991 by Children's Book Press (CA)
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Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
A rather peculiar version of the Chinese Zodiac story. Rat complains that he is too small to fairly compete against the ox for the honor of being first animal in the zodiac. So the prime minister makes him as tall as a man, and the children delightedly vote for him.

The tale is written in an odd part prose/ part verse manner, that ends up just being awkward. The rat, as well as the horse, the pig, and all the other animals are drawn standing on their hind legs, like humans, which looks quite pecu
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
I was a little disappointed in this because the story is different than the one I am familiar with. In this version, the rat becomes large and the children choose him in a popularity contest.
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